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8 Reasons to Book an Appointment with Your Dermatologist

Better stop self-prescribing medications for your skin.
8 Reasons to Book an Appointment with Your Dermatologist
ILLUSTRATOR Gab Gutierrez
Better stop self-prescribing medications for your skin.

It's never a good thing to Google your skin ailments; chances are, you'll only end up getting more paranoid, which leads to self-medication (and worsening your condition)—eventually leading you to book a doctor's appointment anyway.

If you're exhibiting one of these skin signs, ditch those creams and lotions you've been using and give the nearest dermatologist's clinic a call instead.

1. You've had a rash for over a week.

You may have eczema, psoriasis, or god knows what! If it's constantly itchy and scratching makes it worse, it's time to see your doctor.

2. You have sudden skin flare ups.

This could be related to stress or a change in environment. Whatever the cause is, it could be related to the rash you have.

3. Your skin is too sensitive.

Having a hard time finding the right skin care products that won't turn you into a tomato? Then there's no one better to help you out.

4. Your skin is suddenly breaking out.

If you've had clear skin for as long as you can remember and you notice that you suddenly have a large batch of pimples, you should get them checked out.

5. Your acne isn't getting any better.

If your current acne treatment is a no-go, tell your doctor too so that he or she can prescribe a new type of medication. Who knows, the next one might be a winning formula!

6. You're not sure if your acne IS acne.

It could be allergies masquerading as acne or fungal acne, which is harder to treat! If you're doubting that your pimples are really what they are and all your current skin care treatments aren't working, go and have them checked to find out. There's no harm in making sure, right?

7. You have a sunburn that isn't healing.

Getting a sunburn is not healthy. But it should start to properly heal within a few days and then begin peeling. If it isn't, you need a doctor's opinion!

8. You're losing a lot of hair.

If you're not stressed, or if you haven't changed anything in your haircare routine but are still losing a lot of hair, don't wait until it gets worse.

*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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